Deceived (1991)

PG-13  |   |  Thriller  |  27 September 1991 (USA)
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A marriage that seemed perfect comes crashing down after the death of Jack Saunders, husband of Adrienne Saunders. Strange developments begin to be discovered by Adrienne regarding Jack's ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Damon Redfern ...
Charles Kassatly ...
Adrienne's Mother
Adrienne's Father
Maia Filar ...
Anais Granofsky ...
Heidi von Palleske ...
Mrs. Peabody
Det. Kinsella
Peter Stevens ...


A marriage that seemed perfect comes crashing down after the death of Jack Saunders, husband of Adrienne Saunders. Strange developments begin to be discovered by Adrienne regarding Jack's past. Developments that lead her to believe she has been Deceived. Written by Joseph Toscano <>

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27 September 1991 (USA)  »

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$28,738,096 (USA)

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Final theatrical appearance of Kate Reid. See more »


When Adrienne is painting (right before her husband's accident), the brush she is using is dry. See more »


Jack Saunders: Hi. There's no place to go now, Adrienne. Now there's nowhere to hide. I don't want to hurt you Adrienne. I never wanted to hurt anybody! But when I have to do something, I do it. I always do whatever comes next, no matter how difficult it is. If I have to do something then I do- I always do whatever comes next! No matter how difficult it is!
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And Then I Wondered If You Knew
Written by Denny Zeitlin
Performed by The Denny Zeitlin Trio
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Deception in your diet sir?
25 September 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Deceived is directed by Damian Harris and written by Mary Agnes Donoghue & Bruce Joel Rubin. It stars Goldie Hawn & John Heard with music by Thomas Newman and Cinematography from Jack N. Green. Plot sees Hawn as a New York art restorer who finds her world is not as it seems after the unexpected death of her husband (Heard).

Effective "straight" acting from Hawn in a so so thriller that promises more than it delivers. That Harris' movie never succeeds where other similar themed thrillers have is down to the unadventurous script. Which is a shame because tonally, visually and aurally the film is a triumph. There's a heavy weight of familiarity that hangs over the piece and we yearn for the story to step up a grade and give us something new. We can accept implausibilities, some of which are just stupid here, if the story takes us in an unexpected direction, sadly Deceived reverts to type right down to the cat & mouser chase finale that closes with complete absurdity.

As "Sleeping With The Enemy" proved (released the same year as Deceived), there is, and always will be, a market for well budgeted thrillers. Particually when led by good female character actors. Yet Deceived commits one of the ultimate sins against a supposed "heroine" character, it makes her look, well, dopey. The little twists and turns have a Hitchcockian feel to them, but they just come off as contrived. Thus as Hawn goes about unravelling the mystery that's come about after the can of worms is opened, the shock value is mostly tepid.

Great scoring from Newman and atmospheric photography from Green help to create the illusion this is a better film than it actually is. Even Heard deserves a pat on the back for managing to not let the script bog his acting down as he makes the character work. But this is mostly forgettable stuff and can't be recommended with confidence. 5/10

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